Ray Soemarsono of Apertura is a wedding photographer from Southern California who has received major accolades and awards for his work. More recently, Soemarsono has been receiving attention for a different kind of photography: photos shot inside the virtual world of a video game.
Soemarsono has spent a great deal of time exploring the world inside the highly-acclaimed game Uncharted 4, which features a special photo mode that allows players to freeze time, control camera angle, zoom, adjust field of view and depth of field, apply filters, and more. Here’s a video that shows how it works:
“When I finally got to play the game, I was blown away by the beauty of the setting, the characters’ remarkable realism and the depth of the storytelling,” Soemarsono tells PetaPixel. “I started taking advantage of the photo mode on my second playthrough.”
“I obsessively used the photo mode literally every few minutes to capture a certain setting, action sequence and facial expression,” he says. “Sometimes I had to replay a certain encounter or chapter over and over again trying to get a better shot. I wish I had this power in real life!”
He says that most of his time is spent trying to find a good composition by moving his virtual camera around and zooming in and out. Once he collects enough keepers, he transfers the photos to a USB flash drive, moves them to his Mac, makes some minor adjustments, and then uploads his photos to a Flickr gallery that now contains 455 images.
Here are some more of Soemarsono favorite shots so far: